Chow Yun-fat re­turns to thriller genre af­ter 24 years

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By LI JING li­jing2009@chi­

It has been 24 years since Chow Yun-fat last starred in a crime thriller, but he will make a comeback in Sunny Luk and Long­man Le­ung’s ColdWar 2, which is set to be re­leased in July.

The first Cold War, the di­rec­tors’ maiden ef­fort, was a mas­sive box-of­fice suc­cess that starred Aaron Kwok and Tony Le­ung Ka-fai. It was the high­est gross­ing Hong Kong film of 2012, earn­ing $5.78 mil­lion lo­cally and $40 mil­lionon­theChi­ne­se­main­land.

It also dom­i­nated the Hong Kong Film Awards, bag­ging nine prizes in­clud­ing best film, best di­rec­tor, best screen­play and best ac­tor.

When the di­rec­tors started to work on the se­quel in 2013, Hong Kong me­dia re­ported that Wil­liam Kong, the pro­ducer of Cold War, in­vited Chow to play the film’s vil­lain.

“I like the first film very much and I asked to play the role in the se­quel,” says Chow, who came to Bei­jing for the se­quel’s news con­fer­ence on April 10.

Luk says the story of Cold War 2 will ex­plore the an­swers to the ma­jor pend­ing ques­tions in the first film.

The main vil­lain, who was briefly men­tioned in the first film, re­turns to the scene. Mean­while, Sean Lau (Kwok) is now pro­moted to com­mis­sioner of po­lice af­ter the suc­cess­ful res­cue op­er­a­tion in the orig­i­nal film, and his re­tired deputyWaise Lee (Le­ung) re­turns to his post to help Lau solve a tricky kid­nap­ping case.

Chow plays the role of a lawyer. “The di­rec­tors gave me a good role, liv­ing a lux­u­ri­ous life, with big houses, good whiskey and an ex­pen­sive hobby — pho­tog­ra­phy,”

The di­rec­tors gave me a good role, liv­ing a lux­u­ri­ous life, with big houses, good whiskey.”

he says. “But the char­ac­ter is also un­der the great­est pres­sure, en­gag­ing in bat­tles of wits with the char­ac­ters played by Kwok and Le­ung.”

With the di­rect­ing duo again at the helm and Kwok and Le­ung act­ing, the film is the first one to en­gage the three win­ners of Hong Kong Film Awards.

Kwok, af­ter five best ac­tor nom­i­na­tions, won for the first time for the movie Port of Call early this month. He is al­ways a ma­jor hit with the me­dia. But, when Chow steps on the stage, all the at­ten­tion shifts to the in­ter­na­tional star, though he has made rel­a­tively few films in re­cent years.

Speak­ing of his as­so­ci­a­tion with Chow, Le­ung re­calls that he started out asanex­tra for Chow in a TV drama. He played a bit part and had only one line with Chow.

This time around, Le­ung and Kwok have the lead­ing roles, and Chow says he is happy with that.

“The en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try doesn’t have a par­tic­u­lar or­der. It is a kind of for­tune to make a name,” Chow says.

“I am ag­ing, and Hong Kong’s films need fresh blood to sus­tain their de­vel­op­ment.”

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